Dallas’s Frequently Asked Questions About Shutters

For more than 29 years, we’ve heard every question about shutters you can think of from our customers in Dallas. And we’ve collected the top ten of them here. Maybe in these questions and answers you’ll find answers to questions of your own. If not, please don’t wait to contact Sunburst Shutters Dallas directly. We’re here to aid you and happy to do so.

Which Plantation Shutters Should I Select?

That depends on how you desire the shutters to mesh with your home’s décor. Do you want a shutter that contrasts your wall paint color and has clean lines? Polywood® plantation shutters are ideal for you. Or are you looking to replicate the wood in your home as closely as possible? Ovation® wood shutters are an absolute fit for you.
 
Plantation shutters are known for being energy efficient. And to get the most energy savings, our Polywood Shutter Insulation System is the only choice.

Why Are Shutters the Ideal Window Treatment?

For the budget-conscious, blinds are a temporary window treatment to cover your windows. They are susceptible to deteriorating over time with the strings giving way and the loops that hold the slats in place falling apart. Not to mention, they might be troublesome to clean.

Shades offer a variety of colors and unique patterns, transforming your window into artwork. Just by pulling up the fabric of the shade, your full window is exposed and you can see out onto your Dallas neighborhood.

Draperies also are available in a wide spectrum of color, fabric, and patterns. They are a traditional alternative for a window treatment. Placing thick panels between the drapes and the window provides you with light and temperature block-out capabilities. And unlike other window treatments, there’s no rush to clean draperies for five years.

If you want a window treatment that lasts more than 10 years, saves you actual bucks on your energy bills, and looks magnificent on your windows, shutters are the choice for your home. Not only are shutters durable, but they’re also exquisite and energy efficient. As a matter of fact, Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a comparable wood shutter. That’s energy savings you can’t get with any other window treatment.

When it comes to control over privacy and light, plantation shutters are unmatched. And with their large louvers, Polywood plantation shutters give your room a clean in vogue feel whether they’re closed or open.

How Are Shutters Installed on My Windows?

A poorly installed window treatment can be tough to open and can get damaged easily. We have an expert installation crew that comes to your home and installs your window treatment with great accuracy, making sure that each one moves flawlessly – and doesn’t get damaged when opened and closed.

But before we get to installing your shutters, we bring shutter samples to your home so we can custom design your window treatment together. Learn more about our free in-home consultation.

How Do I Move the Plantation Shutter Louvers?

Your plantation shutter slats – or louvers – can be moved without difficulty by tilting them up or down. Generally, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters lets you adjust the louvers. If you would like to move the louvers with your hand, we advise buying shutters with hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary look.

How Do I Clean My Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are easy to clean because they have large louvers and their tilt bars are either hidden or mounted on the rear. Merely tilt them open and dust them like furniture – or wipe smudges with a damp cloth.

Should I Go Halfway Up My Window with Plantation Shutters?

A half shutter gives you privacy on the bottom and leaves the top open for light and view. It’s called a café style shutter. But is it the appropriate look for a plantation shutter?

Cafe Shutters Cafe Style Shutters With Divider

Ultimately, it’s a style choice – whether you like the look of a half shutter or that of a plantation shutter with a divider rail.
 
A full length shutter with a divider rail “completes” your window, giving it a well-rounded look – and allowing you to close the bottom louvers for privacy while leaving the top louvers open for light. At night, you are able to close the top louvers as well for privacy and security. It’s also convenient during the day when the sun is preventing you from watching TV. And don’t worry about sacrificing any of your view. A 3.5" or 4.5" louver will almost disappear when opened flat and gives you a lot of room to look through.

Will I be able to keep my existing window trim when I install shutters?

Absolutely! There’s almost never a reason to take out or alter your existing window trim when installing new plantation shutters. Natural Ovation wood shutters and patented Polywood shutters can be customized with a variety of frame styles to fit easily into your current window trim. If your windows have no trim, we also have frame styles available to install directly onto the wall around your window to secure your beautiful new shutters to your window opening.

Your shutter installation crew will measure each of your home’s windows during your free in-home consultation to ensure that your window trim is beautifully complemented by the frame of your new window treatment.

Where are your shutters made?

Sunburst Shutters Dallas is happy to provide a range of shutters made right here in the U.S.A. Our popular Polywood plantation shutters are 100% American-made, from the creation of our exclusive Polywood material to the construction of the shutters themselves. Not only does that mean savings passed on to you from cutting unnecessary shipping and handling costs, it also gives you the perk of knowing you’re choosing an all-American shutter for your Dallas home.

And it’s not just Polywood that’s from America. Our stunning Reclaimed Wood shutters are built with lumber harvested from sources across the country, from homespun Southern barn doors to sturdy Texas ranch fences and more.

What’s the difference between shutter paints and stains?

The main differentiator between paints and stains for shutters is how the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint lays on the top layer of the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand penetrate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or faux wood material.

The two color options have their own unique benefits. There tend to be more color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random knots and bumps of the material without a layer of paint masking it.

When it comes time for your in-home shutter consultation, we’ll bring samples of our stain and paint options right to your door so you can easily match and complement colors with your current design.

How Long Will It Take To Get Shutters in Dallas?

The whole plantation shutter process, beginning with your in-home consultation through installation, usually takes around four to six weeks. The reason it takes this long is because our goal is to build shutters that are perfectly customized to every facet of your windows. To do that, we need to take exact measurements, make use of sophisticated software to design your shutters, assemble your brand-new shutters by hand, and get them to your home for installation. Wood shutters tend to take longer than faux wood because of the added steps of staining and finishing the wood.

It does take some time, but it’s an investment that’s well worth it.

Do I need to send you my shutter measurements?

Sunburst Shutters Dallas offers a complete in-home shopping experience. We’ll send shutter expert to your home to take precise measurements of your windows, show you your options, and provide a quote. The shutter consultation is absolutely free. That’s the easiest way to start a window treatment project. If you only want a rough estimate, you can send us the measurements of your windows either by phone or through our contact form.

Do I Need To Remove The Trim Before Putting In Shutters?

That’s up to your personal style. If you want to keep the trim you already have, we can build your shutters to fit with your current trim. If you prefer our shutter frames, then you can remove the trim—but it’s not a necessity. If you’re trying to go trimless or replace your trim, we can help you find the right shutter to fit the vision you have in mind for your windows.

Can I DIY Install Shutters?

If you’re an experienced DIYer, you might be familiar with some of the process involved in a shutter installation. However, taking on DIY shutters can be a bit complex for most Dallas residents. Our suggestion is to leave the installation to professionals that are certified and insured, so you won’t be at risk of damaging your shutters, windows, or anything else in your house.

What Are Your Most Popular Shutter Options?

By far our most popular shutter products are our classic white Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters, and Ovation® wood shutters.

More specifically, the most common shutter configuration features includes a 3 ½” louver, smooth finish, with an interior-mount Z-frame. If all that information is confusing, that’s ok. We’d be happy to demonstrate what all those things mean in person. Schedule a complimentary in-home consultation and we’ll help you find what would look best in your house.

What’s better for shutters: a smooth finish or wood-grain finish?

Shutters with a smooth finish tend to look more modern and sophisticated, whereas shutters with a textured finish look more natural and historic. But the perks to each style of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and ultimately come down to your own style.

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Benefits of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters give you a clean, chic, sophisticated look. A smooth finish may be preferable if your home doesn’t have much in the way of wood textured accessories or furniture. A smooth finish is easier to see when it needs dusting, in comparison with a wood grain finish. We typically recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.

Benefits of a textured or wood grain finish for shutters – Shutters with a wood grain finish add a more natural look to your windows. That’s ideal if you want to bring the beauty of nature inside, especially if you want to match the look of your hardwood flooring. A textured finish on your shutters will also make dust harder to see, meaning you can wait a little longer between regular cleanings. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Dallas.

How many shutter panels do I need for each window?

Typically, the larger the window, the more shutter panels you’ll need. The most ideal layout is to use one panel for windows up to 26” wide, two panels for windows up to 50” wide, and four for windows up to 98” wide.

Single wide panels are not as room-friendly as multiple separate panels. Oftentime, wide panel shutters can’t fit flush against the wall because of their width. Multiple smaller panels solve that problem.

For those windows that you’ll want to open or shut often, you’re usually better suited with multi-panel shutters, since they’re easier to open and get additional support from the frame when you do operate them.

How much does a window measurement cost?

With Sunburst Shutters Dallas, all of your shutter measurements will be done for free by one of our installers as part of your in-home consultation. If you happen to have windows in a hard to reach area of your house or you have windows with a distinct shape, our shutter pros can get you an accurate measurement so that the final product will perfectly match up with your windows.

During your free in-home consultation, your Sunburst Shutters installer will help you pick from our extensive variety of Dallas plantation shutters, including choices for finish, stain colors, and custom mounts and frames.

So schedule your free consultation now by calling 214-301-5066 today.